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Old 08-28-2012, 06:38 AM   #1
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I had tile professionally installed in my kitchen as a back splash. The tile are light grey, glass and the dark grey grout that was used has bled through and is visible behind the tile. Is this normal? I can also see thick patches of the white thin set that was used. I am trying to determine if this is a bad tile install. Thanks!

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Old 08-28-2012, 08:04 AM   #2
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pictures would make what you are describing a lot clearer

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Old 08-28-2012, 08:19 AM   #3
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you do have to be careful with glass tile as it will show what was used to adhere it behind. i would think any tiler with experience would know that.

I believe after putting on the thinset/mastic, they knock down the ridges so those won't show as well.
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Old 08-28-2012, 08:23 AM   #4
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Nope, they used the wrong thinset to put them up. Grout is what goes in-between, thinset mortar is what goes behind. Sounds like someone ran out of the white (or didn't order enough) and finished the job with the wrong stuff. Bad news it has to come down and be re-done.
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Old 08-28-2012, 10:58 AM   #5
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Thank you for all of this information. I will add some pictures to give a better idea. The grout that was used is acrylic. The installer did say that he had never worked with this type of tile or grout in the past. After the original job, the grout color started to fade and become chalky. The store company I was working through sent him back with a grout stain. That looked great for awhile, but it is fading again and we still have the original issues of grout showing behind the tile and the white thin set showing through.

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